New Faculty

arettChristopher Arett, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Urology

Training and experience: Medical degree, Washington University; general surgery internship, University of California, San Francisco; urology residency, Washington University; urologist, Belleville, Illinois

Clinical interests: Men’s health, benign prostatic hyperplasia, general urology (Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital)


casaliDiego Casali, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Anesthesiology

Training and experience: Medical degree, University of Brescia, Italy; cardiothoracic critical care medicine fellowship, Harvard Medical School; critical care medicine fellowship, Washington University; emergency medicine residency, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Clinical interests: Intensivist in the cardiothoracic and surgical intensive care units; extracorporeal life support, mechanical circulatory support and perioperative echocardiography


eckhouseShaina Eckhouse, MD

Assistant Professor, Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; general surgery residency, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; minimally invasive/bariatric surgery fellowship, Duke University

Clinical interests: Advanced laparoscopic techniques in the treatment of morbid obesity and related disorders

Research interests: Outcomes after weight-loss surgery, how obesity surgery impacts chronic disease progression across multiple fields within medicine


englishSean English, MD

Assistant Professor, Section of Vascular Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, University of Pennsylvania; general surgery residency, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; vascular surgery clinical and research fellowship, Harvard University

Clinical interests: General vascular surgery, aortic disease

Research interest: Pathophysiology of AAA disease and its associated rupture


felderJohn Felder, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, Baylor College of Medicine; plastic surgery residency, Georgetown University; hand surgery fellowship, Washington University

Clinical interests: Hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, full range of plastic surgery (Alton Memorial Hospital)


fortunaGerald Fortuna, MD, Col, USAF, SFS, MC

Assistant Professor, Sections of Acute and Critical Care Surgery and Vascular Surgery; Director of the U.S. Air Force C-STARS (Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills) program, St. Louis

Training and experience: Medical degree, University of South Carolina; general surgery residency and trauma/critical care fellowship, University of Cincinnati; vascular/endovascular surgery fellowship, University of Texas, Houston

Clinical interests: Trauma/critical care and vascular surgery


glasgowSean Glasgow, MD

Assistant Professor, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, Duke University; general surgery residency, Washington University; colon and rectal surgery fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; colorectal surgeon, U.S. Air Force C-STARS instructor; staff surgeon and assistant professor, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; adjunct assistant professor, Washington University

Clinical interests: Colon and rectal cancer, carcinomatosis, inflammatory bowel disease, benign anorectal diseases


glover-collinsKatherine Glover-Collins, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Section of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Training and experience: Medical and doctoral degrees, Meharry Medical College, Nashville; general surgery residency, University of Arkansas; breast surgical oncology fellowship, Washington University

Clinical interests: Breast oncology, breast surgery, breast health


kachrooPuja Kachroo, MD

Instructor, Section of Cardiac Surgery

Training and experience: Master’s degree, biomedical engineering, Columbia University; medical degree, Ross University, Dominica, West Indies; general surgery residency, Rutgers; research thoracic surgery fellowship, University of California-Los Angeles; cardiothoracic surgery fellowship, Washington University

Clinical interests: Coronary artery bypass grafting, valve replacement incorporating transcatheter-based intervention, surgical treatment of aortic disease


kozowerBenjamin Kozower, MD, MPH

Professor, Section of Thoracic Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, University of Rochester; master of public health, University of Virginia; general surgery residency, University of Connecticut, Farmington; cardiothoracic surgery residency, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University; professor of surgery and public health sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Clinical interests: Surgical oncology, robotic surgery, benign foregut surgery, lung transplantation


leeConstance Wye Leng Lee, MD

Instructor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; general surgery residency, surgical critical care fellowship, pediatric surgery fellowship, University of Florida, Gainesville

Clinical interests: pediatric general surgery (Washington University and University of Missouri Mother’s and Children’s Hospital, Columbia, Mo.)

Other interests: Instructional support, pediatric residency, University of Missouri


obeidNadia Obeid, MD

Instructor, Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, Wayne State University; general surgery residency, Henry Ford Hospital; fellowship, surgical critical care, Washington University

Clinical interests: Trauma and non-trauma emergency care; selective elective surgical care, geriatric trauma, surgery/burn/trauma intensive care


petrucciOrlando Petrucci, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Section of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Training and experience: Medical and doctoral degrees, general surgery and cardiac surgery residencies, faculty, University of Campinas, Sao Paul, Brazil

Clinical interests: Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, heart failure, heart transplant; adult congenital heart disease


punchLaurie Punch, MD

Assistant Professor, Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, University of Connecticut, Farmington; general surgery residency, University of Maryland; surgical critical care fellowship, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; faculty, University of Maryland School of Medicine/R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore; surgeon, Houston Methodist Hospital

Clinical interests: Surgical management of invasive soft tissue infection, damage-control techniques for nontraumatic intra-abdominal emergencies


sallesArghavan Salles, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Training and experience: Medical and doctoral degree (education), general surgery residency, Stanford University; minimally invasive surgery fellowship, Washington University

Clinical interests: Bariatric and foregut surgery (including anti-reflux procedures and treatment of achalasia), cholecystectomy, inguinal hernia repair


snyderJason Snyder, MD

Assistant Professor, Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery

Training and experience: Medical degree, Marshall University; general surgery residency, University of Maryland; surgical critical care/trauma fellowship, University of Tennessee, Memphis

Clinical interests: Trauma, emergency general surgery, critical care services


torrenceRalph Torrence, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Urology

Training and experience: Medical degree, Georgetown University; urology residency, Washington University; partner, St. Louis Urological Surgeons, Inc.

Clinical interests: General and female urology, bladder cancer, endourological management of stone disease


venkateshRamakrishna Venkatesh, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology

Training and experience: MBBS and master of science degrees, Bangalore University, India; surgical and urology residencies, Royal College of Surgeons, United Kingdom; endourology and laparoscopy fellowship, faculty, Washington University; faculty, University of Kentucky

Clinical interests: Kidney stone disease, laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures for renal cancer, prostate cancer, adrenal tumor and ureteral disorders